Break the monotony with 'pakodas'
Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
24 April 2020

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

Chai and pakodas are a big favouritein practically every Indian home, especially during therains and the cold winter months. Fritters,or pakodas,satisfy that craving for something fried and are definitely on everyone’s wish list of culinary indulgences. Pakodas arealso a fun way to sneak vegetables into a meal.

The pakodas come together in less than 30 minutes and team up perfectly well with chutneys, sauces and yogurt dips.The important thing to keep in mind while making pakodas is to fry them correctly, so that they are golden and crispy and not greasy. The magic lies in the right batter.

No matter how you make your pakodas and whatever you fill in them, the fact is that fritters are easy and super delicious. We’ve rounded up absolutely delicious and creative recipes that you must try the next time you crave a crispy treat.

  1. Carrot pakodas: Grated carrots are simply perfect for pakodas. Besan and bread crumbs combine well for the batter and also add loads of extra flavor. Add chopped coriander and green chilies and fry! Serve with a yogurt dip, which lendsa creamy zest

  2. Spinach and cheese pakodas: Eat Breakfast This one is so quick and easy to make, it’s absolutely ideal for a last-minute snack. Combine together -spinach, cheese, besan,a little bit of maida, your favourite spices and coriander. Voila! You’re done in under 20 minutes! Probably the fastest, yummiest, crunchiest fritters you can make.

  3. Chickpea pakodas:Made with chana and warm spices, these pakodas arefairly simple and unbelievably fluffy as well as crisp.Importantly, they are a nutrient-rich power punch and can be your protein-fix for the evening. The boiled chickpeas as the base add firmness, moisture, and texture to the pakodas. Serve with a spicy chutney. You cannot go wrong with this recipe!

  4. Crispy corn pakodas: Let’s put a Mexican spin on our pakodas! Fresh corn, jalapeños, cheese and oreganofried in oil. The fritters have a thin, crispy coating with a soft, gooey, cheesy center bursting with wholesome corn. This recipe is one that you’ll want to know by heart so that you can make it when craving strikes!

  5. Crunchy cucumber, cabbage and onion pakodas : These golden crispy pakodas are made from finely chopped cucumbers, cabbage and onions, with loads of fresh spices.They are can’t-stop-eating-them delicious; and chockfull of nutrients.Serve them with your favourite chutney.

When making pakodas always remember - no overcrowding – work in small batches and fry them in hot oil. Also, you could opt for a batter mix to ensure you get the batter right. Tata Sampann Pakoda Mixis made with a blend of low oil absorb besan, rice flour and the right spices. The mix contains the best quality ingredients and is made using stringent quality specifications, to provide the best product quality and taste.


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